Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) spoke with CNN’s Dana Bash on Thursday to respond to questions about Democrats who are calling for more witnesses to testify in the Senate impeachment trial, and at the same time, he also exposed the “conflict of interest” that is shared by four Democratic Senators.
Barrasso believes he may have all the information he needs to cast a vote without witnesses, based on the evidence the House presents, the defense from the President’s counsel, and the Senator’s questions during the trial.
Dana Bash told Sen. Barrasso that House Democrats are trying to make the point that they could make a better argument for their case if they had first-hand knowledge testimony from former national security advisor, John Bolton.
“It’s the same argument that they continue to make– it’s what they brought forth from the House,” Senator Barrasso explained, to which Bash interjected to ask, “But wouldn’t it be more persuadable to you if you heard from someone like John Bolton who was actually there?”
“Not necessarily, I may have by the time this is all done. I expect I will have enough information to make a final judgment decision, and I expect most of the senators will do that. I expect that the Democrat Senators will already have enough information to make that final decision,” the Wyoming Senator explained.
“Especially when you have four of them running for president. … They’re actually going to be voting to remove from the ballot, the name of Donald Trump– not just remove him from office, but remove him from the ballot in 2020. So I believe they have a conflict of interest in their decision,” he pointed out. (Continued Below)
Senator Barrasso was referring to Democratic Senators, who are running as presidential candidates; Elizabeth Warren (MA), Bernie Sanders (VT), Amy Klobuchar (MN), and Michael Bennet (CO).
Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has also called for the four Democrat Senators to recuse themselves from the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, on the grounds that they cannot be impartial.
“When you look at the fact that these four candidates are spending hundreds of hours and millions of dollars to defeat Donald Trump and they take an oath to provide impartial justice, I think that is a difficult standard for them to meet,” Senator Blackburn told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo. “And I have recommended that this would be a good thing for them to step aside from the trial.” (Video Below)
Senator John Barrasso’s official remarks:
Sen. Barrasso: Democrats running for president are “voting to remove” Trump “from the ballot in 2020”https://t.co/POy5t5AVmT pic.twitter.com/Tts1IHPWwm
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 23, 2020
Senator John Barrasso’s full remarks:
In voting to remove @realDonaldTrump from office, the 4 Senate Democrats running for president have a conflict of interest. Their impeachment vote would remove their opponent from the 2020 ballot. I discussed these & other impeachment details today with @DanaBashCNN. pic.twitter.com/fBliA8CdnU
— Sen. John Barrasso (@SenJohnBarrasso) January 23, 2020
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